Pench National Park
Pench National Park, located on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra is spread over an area of 292.85 square kms. The total forest area is spread over 346.89 square km and the sanctuary is spread over an area of 118.31 square km.
The National Park has been named after the Pench River which runs from the north to the south of the park. There are some perennial springs and tanks here. The terrain is covered with small hills which are covered with teak and mixed forests. The main flora of the forest is Teak, Saja, Bija, Lendia, Dhaora, Haldu, Amaltas and Aonla. Apart from this the land is covered with a variety of buses, herbs, grasses and shrubs.
Cheetals, Jackals, Wild Dogs, Gaurs, Sambhars, Neelgais, Langurs, Rhesus Monkeys can be seen at the Park. There are about 39 Tigers and 39 Leopards at the Park and can be easily spotted in summers near the water pools. The park is also home to 219 species of birds, which include Pea Fowl, Crow Pleasant, Red Jungle Fowl, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Racket Tailed Drongo, Magpie Robin and Lesser Whistling Teal.
The climate of the region is tropical and is characterized by hot summers and cold winters with rainfall in July. It is very difficult to spot wildlife during winters and thus the best time to visit the park is during summer when wildlife comes outside their natural habitat in search of water. Forest Rest Houses are available for accommodation.
The Park is located at the main entrance, which is 12 kms from Khawasa at Turla. Khawasa is located on the Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway and is 89 km from Nagpur and 199 km from Jabalpur.